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Representing the 1200 households North of East-West Highway, South of Jones
Bridge Road, East of Wisconsin Avenue and West of Columbia Country Club.
MAY 2009

President’s Notebook Mosquitoes!


By Ilaya Hopkins, President By Ella Krainsky
My how time flies! I have been in working together to clean up our As the weather warms, many of
this position for two years and parks and public spaces so that we us look forward to spending time
have enjoyed getting to know more can all enjoy them. outdoors with our families.
residents and keeping East At the May 20th general However, the early spring fantasy
Bethesda at the forefront of the membership meeting, we will hold of grilling in the backyard, working
many issues impacting our elections for the next set of officers. in the garden, or watching our
neighborhood. We have seen great Current nominees are listed in the children run through the sprinkler,
successes in these last two years, newsletter. We will also take is marred by the reality of our
including a revamped website with nominations from the floor. If you annual mosquito infestation.
more interactive features and a have questions or want to This year, I decided to
monthly newsletter underwritten nominate someone, please contact investigate whether East Bethesda
in great part by our wonderful Nominating Committee Chair could do something to control the
sponsors. Our opinions are sought Allen Rothenberg at mosquitoes. I spoke to Janine
on development projects near our allenwrothenberg@verizon.net or Dorothy, an entomologist at the
boarders and we continue to 301-907-0232. In addition, we will Maryland Department of
provide an on-the-ground hear a presentation on reducing Agriculture. She explained that we,
perspective to decision makers on the mosquito problem in our as a neighborhood, could request
issues such as the BRAC expansion neighborhood and finish the that the state spray for mosquitoes.
at the new Walter Reed in discussion on The Examiner She will speak more about this
Bethesda to the Purple Line newspaper. possibility at the next general
proposals. Our membership It has been a tremendous honor membership meeting.
continues to grow and participation to represent this community over She also stated that, while we
at quarterly meetings has been the last two years. I look forward to have the usual home-grown variety
strong. We continue to work to continuing to support EBCA and of the insect, our real problem is
make our neighborhood a strong working toward preserving the the Asian Tiger Mosquito, which is
community by working with the strong sense of community and the prevalent in Montgomery County.
Montgomery County Public Schools wonderful quality of life we are so The Asian Tiger is extremely
to clarify school assignments at the lucky to have here. Thanks to you aggressive and, unlike its native
elementary school level and by all. cousin, bites during the daytime. It
flies low to the ground and likes
General Membership Meeting water as well as sheltered places.
Dorothy told me that the Asian
Wednesday, May 20th, 8 p.m. Tiger likes to nest in bamboo, and I
asked her whether the bamboo
Lynnbrook Recreation Center that grows along the Crescent Trail
Agenda: Slate of Officers: might be the cause of our problem.
8:00 p.m. Mosquito Presentation President: Greg Volz She said, however, that the real
8:30 p.m. Examiner Delivery 1st VP: Kevin Kraus problem was standing water in our
8:45 p.m. Elections 2nd VP: Rebecca Fayed yards.
9:00 p.m. Old Business Treasurer: Jack Hayes Dorothy pointed out that many of
9:15 p.m. New Business Secretary: AB Carneal us don’t realize we have standing
9:30 p.m. Adjourn Assistant Secretary: Open
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Neighborhood Roundup
Summer Concerts Neighborhood Event Space “Mosquitoes” from page 1...
water. Mosquitoes only need about
The Bethesda Summer Concert Need a place to host a party? half an inch to lay their eggs. So, in
Series will be held Thursday Consider renting the Lynnbrook addition to obvious sources of
evenings at Veterans Park, at the Recreation Center. The cost is only standing water, like children’s
corner of Norfolk & Woodmont $19 per hour weekdays and $38 per pools and birdbaths, we need to be
Avenues, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. All hour Friday evenings, Saturdays, vigilant about hidden sources. For
concerts are free. More information Sundays, and holidays. The space example, tire swings, saucers
is available at www.bethesda.org/ is rented in 4 hour blocks of time. under flower pots, and tarps
specialevents/summerconcerts.htm. The description of the building and covering a background grill where
more details about renting the water might pool are all breeding
Plant Sale space can be found at www.mc- grounds for mosquitoes. Dorothy
mncppc.org/permits/permits/find/ said in family-friendly
Gardeners and anyone who loves activity.shtm. neighborhoods such as ours, there
plants won't want to miss the is often a problem with plastic
Bethesda Community Garden Scholarships children’s toys left in the yard.
Club's 66th annual plant sale on Those flexible plastic drain pipes
Thursday, May 7th. The sale, at Maryland Delegate Alfred Carr many of us have are also great
the Bethesda Farm Women's (D-18) has state scholarship money places for mosquitoes.
Market, 7155 Wisconsin Avenue, available for local students. I inspected my own backyard and
Bethesda, will run from 7:00 a.m. Applicants must be enrolled in a discovered an overturned paint
until 1:00 p.m. rain or shine. Find Maryland college or university or bucket with a half-inch rim along
wonderful buys on a large selection attending an out-of-state school in the bottom sitting behind the
of perennials grown in members' a field of study not offered in garage. In addition, my daughter’s
well-tended gardens, plus herbs, Maryland. Interested students plastic slide has an indentation
annuals, native plants and shrubs. must write an application, a letter suitable for mosquito-breeding. I
Novices and experts alike can pose detailing their accomplishments want to encourage all of you to
their gardening questions to and have a Free Application for take a close look at your own
Montgomery County Master Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on property. All of us can help control
Gardeners on site throughout the file. The application deadline is the mosquito population by
sale. Proceeds benefit various May 30th. For more information, emptying these sources of standing
community projects including please contact Legislative Aide water at least once a week and
landscaping at Bethesda and Davis Kristin Fulkerson at 301-858-3638 rinsing them.
libraries and a Montgomery or alfred.carr@house.state.md.us. The good news is that Asian
College scholarship in landscape Tigers only travel about one
technology. Plentiful metered Legislative Wrap-Up hundred feet. So, if we can be
public parking is available in the vigilant about our own property, as
lot behind the Market. For more The District 16 Town Hall well as encourage our neighbors to
information call Simone at 301- meeting is scheduled for May 11th the left and right of us, we should
571-9782. at the Davis Public Library. be able to control this problem and
have a more pleasant summer.
Urban Trees If you are interested in learning
more about solutions to the
To learn more about trees in urban environments, visit these links: mosquito problem, including
www.ufei.org/files/pubs/22BenefitsofUrbanStreetTrees.pdf discussing whether the
www.tlcfortrees.info/tree_root_myths.htm neighborhood would be interested
www.treesaregood.org/treecare/tree_planting.aspx in having the state spray for
mosquitoes, Dorothy will speak at
the general membership meeting
Neighborhood News Online: www.EBCA.org on May 20th at 8 p.m. at the
Lynnbrook Recreation Center.
It is not too late for 2008-2009!
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makes East Bethesda one of the most desirable
places in which to invest and raise a family. $15 Neighborhood Roundup............ 3
per member, but additional contributions are
always welcome.

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